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Cranberry Jell-O Shots

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Are you a big cranberry sauce fan? Me too. These cranberry Jell-O shots are packed full of cranberries and make the perfect treat for a friendsgiving or Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Jello Shots Recipe

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TART, SWEET, AND BOOZY

Who said that Jello shots can't be fancy? These cranberry Jello shots are like cranberry sauce but with booze which makes them perfect for a friendsgiving or even a Thanksgiving get-together depending on how crazy you want your holidays to get. More cranberry Jello shots = more fun.. right? These cranberry shots are filled with cranberry juice cocktail, fresh cranberries, and orange zest making them oh so delicious.


CRANBERRY JELL-O SHOT INGREDIENTS

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Unflavored Gelatin Powder: I use unflavored gelatin powder so I can be in control of all the flavors.

Cranberry Juice Cocktail: Using juice cocktail adds in a bunch of sugar which helps cut the tartness of those fresh cranberries. You can also use 100% cranberry juice, but you may want to increase the amount of sugar you add.

Fresh Cranberries: Cooking the cranberries will make them burst giving so much flavor to the gelatin and adds in some real fruit pieces.

Orange Peel: Oranges and cranberries are a perfect pairing. Adding in an orange peel while the cranberries cook will increase the orange flavoring.

Triple Sec: Triple sec is an orange liqueur that will also add in some orange flavor.

Vodka: You won't taste the vodka in these shots. It's just there to add in some booze!

Garnish- Sugared Cranberries + Orange Zest: Optional, but recommended to make these shots look so fancy.


HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY JELL-O SHOTS

In a medium bowl, pour in 1/2 cup of cold cranberry cocktail juice and sprinkle 2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) of unflavored gelatin on top and let sit.

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of cranberry cocktail juice, 1 cup of fresh cranberries, a strip of orange peel, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Place over medium-high heat until simmering. Lower heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. During this time, the cranberries will burst. Use the back of your spoon to squish and mash the cranberries. Remove the orange peel.

Pour the hot cranberries into the bowl with the set gelatin, and whisk together until well combined. Whisk in 1/2 cup triple sec and 1/2 cup vodka. Pour mixture into 12 2-ounce Jello shot cups. Let chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or until set. If desired, top with sugared cranberries and orange zest right before serving. Cheers!



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Cranberry Shots for Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving

Cranberry Jell-O Shots

Are you a big cranberry sauce fan? Me too. These cranberry Jell-O shots are packed full of cranberries and make the perfect treat for a friendsgiving or Thanksgiving.

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By Laura Bullock | Laura The Gastronaut

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Yield: 12 shots

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups cranberry cocktail juice, divided
• 2 Tablespoons (2 envelopes) unflavored gelatin powder
• 1 cup fresh cranberries
• 1 strip orange peel
• 2 Tablespoons sugar
• 1/2 cup triple sec
• 1/2 cup vodka
• Optional: sugared cranberries + orange zest, for garnish

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, sprinkle unflavored gelatin powder on top of 1/2 cup of cranberry cocktail juice. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup cranberry cocktail juice, fresh cranberries, orange peel, and sugar. Place over medium-high heat until boiling then lower to medium-low heat. Continue simmering for 10 minutes. Smash the cranberries with the back of a spoon, and remove orange peel.
3. Whisk the hot cranberry mixture into the bowl of gelatin. Whisk in triple sec and vodka.
4. Pour mixture into 2-ounce Jello shot cups. Chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or until set.
5. If desired, garnish with sugared cranberries and orange zest.

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Category: Cocktails, Thanksgiving Cuisine: American

Keywords: friendsgiving shot, cranberry shot, cranberry jello shot, gelatin shots

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November 10, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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